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Otto L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3952) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3952

Videotape testimony of Otto L., who was born in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland in 1909 and raised in Konstanz, Germany. He recounts his family's long history in Germany and Switzerland; his parents' non-involvement with Judaism; active participation in gymnastics, swimming, and scouting; never experiencing antisemitism until an encounter with a non-local scout group; his bar mitzvah; an apprenticeship in Nuremberg for two years; friendship with a police officer who provided him with information that later saved his life; working in Bochum for thirteen months, then for his father; a job in Augsburg beginning in 1932; exclusion from the swim club after Hitler's election in 1933; his mother warning him he was wanted by the Gestapo in Konstanz; fleeing to Switzerland; living with his grandparents in Zurich, then with an aunt in Czechoslovakia; obtaining a ticket for Palestine in Prague; illegally entering Palestine; visiting his parents in Switzerland in 1937; emigration with them to the United States; marriage; and his career.

Author/Creator
L., Otto, 1909-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1997
Interview Date
February 28, 1997.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Otto L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3952). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.